Scientists Developing Potential Methamphetamine Vaccine

Scientists Developing Potential Methamphetamine Vaccine

According to a new report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, scientists are creating three formulations that could be used in a vaccine to treat methamphetamine addiction.

Methamphetamine is a potent and highly addictive substance, and use of the drug can lead to severe health problems, mental health issues, and social problems. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 10 million people in the United States have used methamphetamine at least once.

Kim Janda and colleagues note in the report that methamphetamine addiction costs the United States more then $23 billion per year in medical and law enforcement expenses, as well as lost productivity.

The researchers developed and tested new vaccine formulations that could be effective for long periods of time, which would help prevent relapse and reduce costs. They found that three of the formulations were particularly promising, and produced a good immune response in mice.

Methamphetamine can be very difficult to quit, and many people trying to quit often relapse. The development of an effective vaccine would be a very important discovery for scientists, health care providers, and treatment centers alike. Previous vaccines that have been tested were either ineffective or too expensive.

Source: Science Daily, Toward a Vaccine for Methamphetamine Abuse, May 11, 2011

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